Building transmission infrastructure
is necessary to keep up with the demands of our society’s growing dependence on
electricity. Transmission lines like Cardinal-Hickory Creek have the added
benefit of delivering wind energy from where it is harvested to where it is used.
Since our electric grid operates at a regional level, states connect and trade
electricity with other states in a market system, which helps ensure our
electric grid is reliable and delivers the lowest-cost energy.
Without the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line, a bottleneck will
occur and, the Midwest will lose access to the cheapest source of new
electricity: more wind power. We will also miss out on the jobs, economic
development, and land-lease payments that benefit communities that host wind
As supporters of wind power, we must also support transmission lines.
If Wisconsin wants to protect its natural beauty and rural character, and
access low-cost, clean power, and the opportunity to continue to grow its own
renewable energy industry, it must support new transmission capacity, too.
Cardinal-Hickory Creek will help keep our electric grid reliable, affordable,
and green. That’s a winning combination.
Engineer, Renewable Energy Policy Expert, and former resident of the Driftless
Region in Western Wisconsin.